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Puck Headlines: Coyotes/Jackets brawl best fight since 2006?

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Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

• Behind The Net Blog had a keen idea: Take a look at the top-rated fights on HockeyFights.com over the last three seasons and rank the Top 25. Riley Cote appears five times; three different Brad May vs. Krys Barch fights make the cut; Zack "Huggy Bear" Stortini doesn't appear once; and this fight between Daniel Carcillo of the Phoenix Coyotes and Derek Dorsett of the Columbus Blue Jackets is ranked first overall, just edging out a 2007 Cote/Shawn Thornton fight according to the HockeyFights.com voters. Hard to argue with it. [Behind The Net]

• For the Donald Brashear fans in the audience, JP has a look at the top Washington Capitals brawls from that sample. [Japers Rink]

• The St. Louis Blues place Manny Legace on waivers with the intent of sending him to the AHL, and Legace is quite unhappy about it: "You play your heart out for a team, and the minute you hit a little bit of a rough patch, they dump on you." Dang, yo. [Hockey Guy]

• So GM Darryl Sutter has gone "all Christian Bale," Coach Mike Keenan snapped "his shillelagh rather theatrically into three pieces like some breakaway Hollywood chair in a choreographed Western saloon brawl during Thursday's morning skate," and the Calgary Flames are still losing. Anyone got a Plan 'C'? [Calgary Herald]

• Not sure what's more interesting from the Denver Post: That Peter Forsberg might actually retire, or that the paper hired a Swedish journalist to help with its Foppa coverage. [Denver Post]

• Hey, next time someone tells you that the NHL is a corporate whore of a league, willing to sell out to advertisers at every turn, make sure you mention that the NBA is playing a game of G-E-I-C-O at the All-Star Game. "Uh oh, Kobe's got 'C'!" [First Cuts]

• Could Mark Recchi's revitalized offensive season lure a team to deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning for his services at the deadline? [St. Pete Times]

• Will Brent Johnson's surgery for the Washington Capitals necessitate a move in goal, or can Jose Theodore and a rookie shoulder the load for the next two months? [Capitals Insider]

Milan Lucic is nursing a foot injury for the Boston Bruins. Wait, so he can't just heal himself with his awesomeness, like Wolverine? [Boston Globe]

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• Finnish goalie Liro Tarkki at the Euro Ice Hockey Tour in Prague, right before using his heat vision to melt the puck. [Getty]

• Ryan Kennedy takes a look at black hockey players in the context of the NHL's annual diversity month, including a Claude Vilgrain name-drop and the correct claim that the hockey media has "by and large, have the diversity of a John Mayer fan club." Although their bodies are not usually wonderlands. [THN]

• NHL.com takes a look at all the former AHL head coaches behind NHL benches, including a reminder that one day Craig Berube might be a head coach in the National Hockey League. [NHL]

Mark Streit is out for the New York Islanders, as only Bill Guerin and Richard Park have played every game this season. [Newsday]

• Stu Hackel voices the R.P. McMurphy concern for Sean Avery's return to the New York Rangers: "What kind of mental and emotional shape is he in? Were the characteristics that made him an effective agitator a manifestation of the behavior that counseling has modified? In other words, will post-counseling Sean Avery still be 'Sean Avery'?" [NY Times]

• Is Drew Stafford's angry eyebrows for George Parros's mustaches a fair trade? [Honk If You Love Justice]

• Finally, we have a big Detroit Red Wings/Pittsburgh Penguins preview coming up. Here's Scotty Ferrall's for NHL.com. Shakeitup!

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